Posted on December 28, 2016 by Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)
Shocking scenes of violence & suffering captured on a British dairy farm
Today we have released shocking scenes
of animal abuse filmed earlier
this month by Animal Equality investigators
on a dairy farm in Somerset,
UK. The investigation, which came on
the back of a tip-off
from a local resident, revealed farm
workers violently punching tiny
calves and kicking cows in the face.
Multiple other incidents of abuse by
workers were filmed in just one day,
– repeatedly kicking young calves to
make them stand up
– aggressively twisting cows’ tails and
repeatedly slamming metal gates
– pinning calves to the floor and shouting
obscenities in their face
– repeatedly kicking and slapping
– violently throwing small calves
to the floor.
Abusive treatment was not the only
suffering we found on this West
Country farm, which runs a farm
shop and B&B as well as supplying
Muller Milk (formerly Muller Wiseman),
one of the main
processors used by Tesco, Sainsbury’s,
M&S and the Coop for their
Our investigators made multiple visits
to the farm and also documented
at least half a dozen cows with their
back legs chained in hobbles.
These archaic devices are used
on mother cows who have
suffered pelvic damage during calving,
a common problem for modern
dairy cows who have been selectively
bred for high milk production at
the expense of physical well-being.
Footage from the farm also shows cows
suffering from crippling lameness
and pressure sores, painful conditions
that affect half of the dairy cows
in the UK every year. One cow appeared
to be in extreme
discomfort and was struggling to walk.
We reported this to the RSPCA
On one visit investigators found two
dead calves lying on the concrete
floor just outside of the cowshed, in
full view of several nursing and
pregnant cows. Both calves were
male and had been shot, a common
practice on dairy farms as males
do not produce milk and are therefore
deemed worthless by many farmers.
A covert camera was installed in one
cowshed on December 7th due to
concerns over ongoing welfare issues
and captured scenes of
shocking abuse the next day.
We have handed all of the footage to the
RSPCA and are demanding that
those committing this inexcusable
cruelty are brought to justice.
You can help end the suffering of
cows and calves on dairy farms around
the world by choosing plant-based
milks, yogurts, cheeses and ice creams.
on healthy dairy-free eating.
Help even more animals by sharing
this video and donating to ensure
we can continue to shed a light on
the cruelty endured by the most
Please, be their voice.
Animal Equality UK.
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